Not A Diving Podcast with Scuba

Scuba

Paul Rose aka the musician, DJ, and A&R known as Scuba talks to people of significance from the world of electronic music about their experiences, observations, and attempts to cultivate a life for themselves in the murky and sometimes treacherous waters of the music industry.

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#111 James Ellis Ford: producing Depeche Mode, Blur, and Pet Shop Boys, "sometimes it feels totally surreal"
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#111 James Ellis Ford: producing Depeche Mode, Blur, and Pet Shop Boys, "sometimes it feels totally surreal"
Sign up for London / Bristol / Manchester Scuba live shows! scubaoficial.io/liveWhat's it like to mediate a disagreement between members of one of the biggest bands in history? And to do that while you're trying to produce their new record?This is a question which is answered in this week's episode, in which our guest is one of the most prolific producers of Big UK Acts of the last two decades.As well as being a member of Simian Mobile Disco, James Ford (occasionally with his middle name included) has a production credits list which includes Depeche Mode, Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Pet Shop Boys, and Beth Gibbons.If that's not going to yield some good podcast content, then the blame should fall squarely on the host.We discuss the role of the record producer today, as well as how that role has changed over time. Regular questions like the one about AI are covered. And we also get into detail about some specific projects, including the making of the brand new Pet Shop Boys record in James' home studio.This is a highly illuminating discussion on a topic that isn't particularly well understood. One of the best episodes so far, and a worthy follow-up to Steve Davis last week!If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using a credit or debit card, with Paypal, or your Ethereum wallet! Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation in the public channels.Listen to the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#110 Steve Davis: Snooker, fame, and modular synths, "I was sh*tting myself!"
Apr 2 2024
#110 Steve Davis: Snooker, fame, and modular synths, "I was sh*tting myself!"
How many elite sportsmen know their way round a modular synthesiser?Steve Davis was the first modern star of snooker. He dominated the game in the 1980s, winning six world titles, appearing in 8 of the 9 finals between 1981 and 1989. He was ranked number one in the world for seven consecutive years, posted the first ever 147 maximum break in official competition, and was easily (Alex Higgins hipsters aside) established as the best player ever to play the game by the end of that decade.As well as being the most successful player at that point, he was also the first snooker player to do product endorsements, and fully participate in the emerging business of sports entertainment, guided by the legendary manager and promoter Barry Hearn.What brings him to the Not A Diving Podcast is his second career as a DJ and member of The Utopia Strong, an experimental band in which he plays modular synth.That's a late-career curve ball if ever there was one. But since he's also been President of the British Chess Federation and competed in serious poker tournaments, it's perhaps not as much of a surprise as it might be.I was incredibly excited to talk to Steve, and he didn't disappoint... the first NDP guest to have appeared on I'm A Celebrity is always going to be a good episode isn't it?If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using a credit or debit card, with Paypal, or your Ethereum wallet! Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#109 Chloé Caillet: Circo Loco and classical training, "I had to unlearn all that theory"
Mar 25 2024
#109 Chloé Caillet: Circo Loco and classical training, "I had to unlearn all that theory"
Coming to you from Dehli, India.... via dodgy mic in a hotel room so don't watch the sound quality!I play Vent in Tokyo this Friday, and will be making my debut in Shanghai this Saturday.On the show this week...What makes an Ibiza DJ? And does anyone want to be one anymore?Chloé Caillet is always talked up that way in the press, but there's a lot more to her than a residency at Circo Loco. One of house music's breakthrough DJs of the post-pandemic era, Chloé has really become a big name on the circuit in a way that transcends the pigeonholing that, in fairness, just about everyone in this position has to deal with to some extent.We discuss her formative years in Paris and Bristol, as well as her time in New York going to party's like former NDP guest Taimur's Blkmarket Membership.Chloé is a classically trained musician so we get deep into that debate. We also cover the AI-in-music questions, the looming changes in music tech and the wider industry, as well as the more recent ones too.I hadn't met Chloe before this conversation and it was great to be able to shoot the breeze with her on some crucial stuff. You're gonna enjoy the conversation!If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using a credit or debit card, with Paypal, or your Ethereum wallet! Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#108 Nathan Micay: Making music for Netflix, "They said - we need this by next week!"
Mar 19 2024
#108 Nathan Micay: Making music for Netflix, "They said - we need this by next week!"
For the dance producer, a move into scoring film and TV is often a secret (or not-so-secret) career aspiration. Hardly anyone manages to pull it off though. How do you do it? And what is the work and life actually like if you make it?Nathan Micay has released singles and albums on labels including Aus Music and Lucky Me, but now spends most of his time writing music for projects for Netflix and the like. His CV in that area now includes Industry, the new Sexy Beast series, and HBO's Reality. So he's a great person to get into the details of the above questions with... and on this episode we do just that. We also talk about the dance stuff too though, and get some great stories about Berlin, Berghain, and music making generally. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using a credit or debit card, with Paypal, or your Ethereum wallet! Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#107 Monty Luke: From the Dotcom Bubble to Planet E, "That was a wild time...!"
Mar 12 2024
#107 Monty Luke: From the Dotcom Bubble to Planet E, "That was a wild time...!"
What connects hair metal on the sunset strip with Burning Man, the Dotcom Bubble, and Planet E Communications? On this this week's episode we find out, with the man who was formerly label manager for Carl Craig's imprint, grew up in the Bay Area and was in the first group of employees and AskJeeves.com...!Monty Luke is a great DJ and producer who has been around the block a few times. We therefore had much to discuss, including the aforementioned journey from dive bars in LA in the late 80s, through early years as a DJ in California rave scene, emerging as a character in the industry to eventually ending up in Berin. And we discuss his new album on Rekids too.This is a great conversation with a man who has stories for days, you're gonna enjoy it!If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using a credit or debit card, with Paypal, or your Ethereum wallet! Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#106 Alex Paterson (The Orb): Inventing the chilll out room, "We knew what we were doing!"
Mar 5 2024
#106 Alex Paterson (The Orb): Inventing the chilll out room, "We knew what we were doing!"
The Orb are the biggest ambient act of all time - that's probably true but they were certainly THE ambient band of the 90s, selling enormous amounts of records, touring a live show which drew breathless comparisons to Pink Floyd, arguably inventing the concept of Chill Out, and generally occupying a unique space as a truly experimental group in the mainstream of music. Alex Paterson is the only constant member of The Orb, who last released an album in 2023, and has the scars of litigation to prove it - their 90s catalogue is till being argued over with its owners, Universal, and the lawsuits over uncleared samples have been numerous and acrimonious. So we talk about all that, plus his formative years as an unofficial member of and sometime roadie for The Killing Joke, doing A&R for E.G. Records in the 80s, starting The Orb with KLF legend Jimmy Caughty, DJing at the legendary UFO in Berlin the night the wall came down, and of course his new record with his other project, Sedibus. Some parallels here with the episode we did with Adrian Sherwood... it took a fair bit of work to get this one into shape, but I think it was worth it. You're gonna enjoy it!If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using a credit or debit card, with Paypal, or your Ethereum wallet! Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#105 T.Williams: Tales from the UK Underground, "I was just making tunes and cutting dubplates"
Feb 27 2024
#105 T.Williams: Tales from the UK Underground, "I was just making tunes and cutting dubplates"
I think this might be a classic episode in the making... it's a really fun and interesting comversation about scenes, new music, new tech, and being a musician. T.Williams is a UK house don, a close friend and long-time recommendation of previous NDP guest Roska, who has done all sorts of stuff over a long career covering multiple genres, touring with Disclosure, releasing a great new album, but starting all the way back in the early Grime scene as a member of the Black Ops crew in West London. Here's his album, Raves Of Future Past - Spotify and Bandcamp You're going to enjoy this one, it's a banger. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#104 Danny Daze II: Spatial audio and the return of NFTs, "I'm future-proofing my work"
Feb 20 2024
#104 Danny Daze II: Spatial audio and the return of NFTs, "I'm future-proofing my work"
Welcoming Danny Daze back for a second appearance on the podcast. Danny graced us with his presence on episode 32, but a lot has happened since then both in the scene generally and in Danny's life too. We get deep into his recent album and visual project, Blue, which is a great piece of music but also a really interesting example of how to build a truly engaging visual element into the album format. We talk about constructing spatial audio mixes, Dolby Atmos, the audience perception of albums, and the music itself... it's not a dancefloor record, but is it IDM?Additionally, we also discuss topical issues in the scene... developments in music AI, and also (deep breath) the return of NFTs and the crypto market!So this one's definitely worth checking. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#103 Fracture: Pirate radio and the Nuum, "it was a community-based thing"
Feb 13 2024
#103 Fracture: Pirate radio and the Nuum, "it was a community-based thing"
And we're back! Thanks so much for you patience - the last couple of weeks have been a total nightmare for me actually but I'm happy to say that normal service can now be resumed. Head over to the Hotflush Bandcamp where we have unveiled a new policy of 'Pay What You Feel' for all catalogue items! Vinyl, CD, tapes, tees, mugs... Name your price on everything. This does NOT cover new releases, as we don't want to be undermining the record shop ecosystem, and digital downloads still have a floor price - but you get free downloads with the physical item anyway. Get involved! Fracture is a London DnB vet who cut his teeth in the early Jungle clubs and has been playing on pirate since the late 90s. He was involved in the early Dubstep scene as part of Compound One, and been running a great label called Astrophonica since 2009. On that label they've released some really great music from important producers including Sully, Sam Binga, and Nikki Nair. We talk about his musical philosophy, the pros and cons of the DnB scene, and the problems with underground music more generally today. We also discuss his pirate radio history project, '0860'.  If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dave Clarke (redux): Techno and politics, "people are scared to speak out"
Feb 6 2024
Dave Clarke (redux): Techno and politics, "people are scared to speak out"
The ongoing travails with my lower back have now eased somewhat, but not in time to record a new episode for this week's show. That IS HAPPENING today however, so there will be a brand new piece of content for you next Tuesday. Or this Thursday if you sign up on Patreon in the meantime, as episodes go live early over there. But in the meantime let's take the opportunity to revisit one of the best episodes of the podcast so far... the one with Dave Clarke. --From episode 022 (June 2022):Musicians can be broadly assigned one of two categories - those who are willing to say what they think, and those who are not. There is an element of risk and reward at play in this dynamic - and it might be a calculated strategy or purely a reflection of a given person's ability (or otherwise) to express themselves.This week's guest, Dave Clarke, is a reliable representative of the former group. He is frequently interviewed, and those interviews often cover topics which have little to do with music - international politics is a common point of discussion.... which leads us to the disclaimer that there is quite a lot of non-music related chat on the show this week.BUT THAT'S OK. DJs shouldn't be limited to talking about kick drums, and we cover topics here including living abroad, Brexit, energy policy, cultural conservatism, as well as the disappearance of counter-culture, the perils of record deals, and the secret sauce of hardware compressors.This was a conversation I was looking forward to having and it did not disappoint.If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
dBridge (redux): A life in drum n bass, "I make music as therapy"
Jan 30 2024
dBridge (redux): A life in drum n bass, "I make music as therapy"
I have been laid up with a serious back problem for nearly two weeks now and haven't been able to record a new episode in that time. But fear not, because we are taking this opportunity to revisit one of absolute my favourite episodes of the show, all the way back to February 2022. Fingers crossed we will be back with a new episode next week!--From episode 006 (Feb 2022): dBridge is an unequivocal legend of Drum n Bass. From his work as part of Future Forces Inc. on Renegade Hardware in the mid 90s, through the supergroup Bad Company and the Autonomic project with Instra:mental, right up to releasing 4 albums since 2018 on his own Exit Records label, he has been right at the cutting edge of the genre, and of electronic music generally for more than 25 years. We talk about the early Jungle scene, subgenre fragmentation, DnB politics, the tyranny of rewinds, and making peace with your own musical output. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#102 Machine Woman: Studio efficiency and Tech House, "I'll still be making music whether RA writes about me or not""
Jan 23 2024
#102 Machine Woman: Studio efficiency and Tech House, "I'll still be making music whether RA writes about me or not""
Regarding the brevity of the intro... which actually wasn't that brief because I was able to use some audio I'd already recorded to pad it out. The bout of sciatica that I was suffering from last week has got significantly worse and I'm typing this while lying on the floor, where I have been for the majority of the last three days. So that's not great - it may affect the podcast schedule next week but let's hope not. Apologies in advance if it does. And now, on with the show...--Would you get “tech house” tattooed on your butt?Me either, and in fairness I don’t think our guest this week actually has, despite the title of one of the tracks on her 2020 EP ‘Pleasant Stay But I Won’t Come Back’.Machine Woman has emerged as a really great producer with releases on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour, Delsin, as well as her own label Take Away Jazz Records. And she is also a character with an interesting story.We discuss the challenges of moving to a new country as a teenager, navigating through musical gender stereotypes, the scene in different cities, and much else besides.This was a fun conversation with one of the more irreverent characters of the dance scene, and you’re gonna enjoy it!If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#101 DJ Paulette: The Hacienda and gay clubbing, "The music is better and the DJs are better!"
Jan 16 2024
#101 DJ Paulette: The Hacienda and gay clubbing, "The music is better and the DJs are better!"
Happy new year! A couple of weeks break for me has turned into a bit of a sciatica ordeal, but fear not - the inconvenience of stabbing pains in my legs doesn't stop me recording podcasts.DJ Paulette is an actual legend of the game - a resident at the legendary Flesh night at the Hacienda in the early 90s, she has enjoyed a truly varied and successful career since in many areas of the industry.All of it, or the amount that could fit into 200 pages, is documented in her forthcoming book, Welcome To The Club. But we talk about lots of it here too.This was a great conversation with someone who has genuinely done it all in the dance scene.If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features the show without ads, regular bonus podcasts, and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#099 James Jackson on radio and Ben Morris on SAULT
Dec 19 2023
#099 James Jackson on radio and Ben Morris on SAULT
Two guests on the show this week - first of all, Ben Morris (Kudos Distribution, and previously heard on NDP episode 63) joins us to discuss the SAULT phenomenon and their already-legendary show in London last week. If you're not familiar with the act then check all of the 11 albums released since 2019 here. After that, it's time for...James Jackson, known in the industry as Jacko, is managing director of radio, club and streaming at Listen Up, one of the bigger UK agencies focused on dance music.The dream of hearing Pete Tong read out your name as he cues up your latest track through that unmistakable compression algorithm on BBC Radio 1 is one held my many an aspiring producer. But how does the dream become a reality?We haven't discussed radio much on the show previously, but we remedy that this week with one of the UK's top men in the sector.As well as working many of the dance scene's biggest tracks, as well as some very credible underground ones too, Jacko works UK radio for global stars including Doja Cat, and has a complete view of the radio landscape.This is a great insider look into a fascinating aspect of the industry, you're gonna enjoy it.If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features regular bonus podcasts and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#098 A-Trak
Dec 12 2023
#098 A-Trak
Where do you go when you reach the top at the age of 15?The world of turntablism can seem somewhat murky to the untrained eye. What's up with all that competing? Where does it fit in to the culture of dancefloors and clubs? And what has the decline of vinyl DJing meant for the whole thing?A-Trak won the DMC World Championship way before he was old enough to set foot in a nightclub. He then embarked on a truly unique career which has seen him supporting Usher in arenas as Kanye West's tour DJ, produce genuine hit records with Armand Van Helden, and maintain a top level status on the international circuit for over two decades. As well as running a label for 15 years. So there was lots to talk about, and we dig into the details of turntablist culture, the challenges of maintaining a varied music career, the changing nature of the industry, and a lot of other things too. This conversation touched on areas which we haven't covered on the podcast before, and includes some really fascinating insights into a slightly different culture. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features regular bonus podcasts and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else.You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support.Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do!Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#097 Speedy J
Dec 5 2023
#097 Speedy J
Speedy J is a key figure in the history of Techno, most recently with the development of his improvisational collaborative project Stoor. Check out some of the epic ADE performances: 2023 JakoJako x Karenn (Blawan & Pariah) x Surgeon x Speedy J - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9D0sPIaSY4 2022 Dasha Rush x Rod20 x Rødhåd x Surgeon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMfbX6714j0 So of course we discuss that, but also the 30th anniversary of his landmark album Ginger. Released as part of the Warp Records Artificial Intelligence series, it was a key plank in the run of releases that made such a huge impact on electronic music. And an album that I smoked a lot of weed to as a teenager. This is a bit shorter than usual, but it's a good one... you're gonna enjoy it. If you're into what we're doing here on the pod then you can support the show on Patreon! There are two tiers - "Solidarity" for $4 a month, which features regular bonus podcasts and extra content. And "Musicality" which for a mere $10 a month gets you all the music we release on Hotflush and affiliate labels AND other music too, some of which never comes out anywhere else. You can also make a one-off donation to the podcast using either a credit or debit card, or with Paypal. Head over to scubaofficial.io/support. Plus there's also a private area for Patreon supporters in the Hotflush Discord Server... but anyone can join the conversation there in the public channels, so please do! Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#096 Trevor Jackson
Nov 28 2023
#096 Trevor Jackson
The 2023 Annual Not A Diving Podcast Pledge Drive is here... for ONE FINAL WEEK!For the next week, support the show and receive special benefits...Option 1 - Patreon Musicality Tier (£8.50 per month)Pledge Drive Bonus = the 2024 Musicality t-shirt! Free of charge, postage and packing covered Option 2 - Patreon Solidarity Tier (£3.50 per month)Pledge Drive Bonus = a 50% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items at the Hotflush Bandcamp StoreOption 3 - a one-off donation of £8.50 or USD$10.00Pledge Drive Bonus = a 25% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items at the Hotflush Bandcamp StoreThanking you in advance for your support! What is culture anyway? This is a question which is delved into in depth on this week's episode, with a man whose work since the 1980s has covered many different areas. Trevor Jackson is a storied designer of album covers and sleeve art, a prolific producer and remixer, and the man behind Output Records who helped ease acts including LCD Soundsystem and Four Tet into the public consciousness. So there was lots to talk about, and in addition to the culture question, we tackled areas including the pre-Acid House London scene, Thatcherism, working in different art forms, counter-culture, UK Hip Hop, and a lot more...This was a great conversation, straight into the classic episodes list. You're gonna enjoy it! Join us in the Hotflush Discord Server.Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#095 NIKS
Nov 21 2023
#095 NIKS
The 2023 Annual Not A Diving Podcast Pledge Drive is here... for one extra week. For the next week, support the show and receive special benefits...Option 1 - Patreon Musicality Tier (£8.50 per month)Pledge Drive Bonus = the 2024 Musicality t-shirt! Free of charge, postage and packing covered Option 2 - Patreon Solidarity Tier (£3.50 per month)Pledge Drive Bonus = a 50% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items at the Hotflush Bandcamp StoreOption 3 - a one-off donation of £8.50 or USD$10.00Pledge Drive Bonus = a 25% off voucher to use on a basket containing any items at the Hotflush Bandcamp StoreThanking you in advance for your support! Lockdown was a weird time for all of us. So many good intentions, so many regrets afterwards at not having done much except put on weight and watched a ton of Netflix. NIKS, our guest this week did not fall into the Duolingo trap in 2020, and was instead a leading member of the team who launched Black Bandcamp which subsequently became the Black Artist Database. So of course we discuss that, and also many of the issues around why such a thing is necessary. But we also get deep into her backstory as a station manager on student radio, working the door at key venues in London, and learning the ropes as a producer. This is a great conversation with someone who makes things happen... you're gonna enjoy it!Join us in the Hotflush Discord Server.Listen to all (most of) the music discussed on the show via the Not A Diving Podcast Spotify playlistFollow Scuba: twitter instagram bandcamp spotify apple music beatport Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.